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cohesive, credible argument against president obama. it nds to be thematic. not just a zinger here and there, sound bite. it those be a coherent message. the message that can elect romney, really, the one fundamental to his entire -- >> neil: the economy. >> eric: hello, i'm eric bolling with andrea tantaros, bob beckel, dana perino, greg gutfeld. it's 5 verz in new yor 5:00 in . this is "the five." ♪ ♪ >> eric: think the war on terror is over? not even close. exhibit "a," this taliban commander revealing the partnership with a bold and powerful new al-qaeda. their target? america. >> these are taliban attacks. this is part of our new military strategy. we have our people in the afghan police, and the army. >> what skills do the al-qaeda tighters bring? >> they are masters of everything. for example, making i.e.d. something we don't know how to do. but they are teaching us. they are also master engineers and good with all weapons. >> eric: today a car bomb killed three more americans bringing the casualty count to 2,002. listen to president obama in las vegas just yesterday. >>
count to 2,002. listen to president obama in las vegas just yesterday. >> al-qaeda is on the path to defeat and usama bin laden is dead. [ applause ] >> eric: are you sure? listen to this. >> kind of has come back. al-qaeda a resilient organization. >> the reason for the american intervention in afghanistan was terrorism. >> terrorism has not gone away. it has increased. >> you have to ask yourself, does president obama get it? does he bother talking to his generals like that one right there? his intel people? or is he too busy campaigning in sin city? dana, you cringeed a little bit when we listened to president obama in vegas saying again, al-qaeda is dead -- bin laden is dead, al-qaeda on the way out. scary, though. >> dana: this morning i read the "new york post" and i noted he quoted president obama saying that line at the democratic national convention. i was going to bring it up in this segment. i didn't realize president obama said it again yesterday. you would think even stump speech that should be refreshed and keep up with the times. they are talking to multiple audienc
room." >>> happening now, just two days before the first obama/romney debate and our new cnn national poll shows the president's lost, lost his post-convention bounce. but there's a different story in the battleground states. >>> mitt romney could make a huge impact on the supreme court. how he could change the direction of the court for decades. >>> they make $10 a day to put their lives on the line. but they could lose their job ifs they don't lose some weight. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we're now just 36 days from the presidential election and nationally our brand-new cnn/orc poll of likely voters shows the race between president obama and governor romney remaining up for grabs. the president leads 50% to 47%. but his three-point margin is within the poll's sampling error. our chief national correspondent john king is in denver getting ready for the debate over there. that's the site of the debate. john, take us into these numbers. what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, wolf, i can tell you this, talking to senior officials in the romney campaign, they b
debate and what could be mitt romney's best chance to change the trajectory of the race. president obama is holed up in vegas for two days preparing. mitt romney will be in colorado tonight. the latest poll shows president obama and mitt romney locked in a tight race nationally. but where it counts, those battle ground states, the president still leads. and here's another interesting poll. most people think the president will win the first debate which may be why he's trying to lower expectations. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who's going to have the the zingers. governor romney is good. i'm just okay. >> and paul ryan played his own version. >> president obama is a gifted speaker. he's been on the national stage for many years. he's done these kinds of debates before. this is mitt's first time on this kind of a stage. >> but if all candidates are trying to lower expectations, maybe chris christie missed that memo. >> governor romney's going to lay out his vision for a better and greater america for greater opportunity for all of our citizens. and i think that's
of battleground states attacking president obama for calling the latest setbacks in the middle east bumps in the road. >>> the president is focusing in on world peace as he prepares to address the united nations. he's also making time to woo women voters. >>> and a tv first, u.s. marines are giving new details about one of the costliest attacks on u.s. airpower in decades. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> with only 43 days to go until the presidential election, mitt romney is starting to zero in on a handful of battleground states that will decide this election. one of those states is colorado, where romney just wrapped up a rally at the pueblo airport. our national political correspondent jim acosta is standing by live. jim, what happened? >> reporter: wolf, with the calendar shrinking and the debates fast approaching, mitt romney is starting to barnstorm through crucial swing states like here in colorado. he knows he has serious ground to make up. today he tried to do just that on the subject of foreign policy. it's not debate time yet, but mitt romney was looking f
be getting tougher for gop challenger mitt romney. first to iowa. president obama is 49% to mitt romney's 5%. >>> and from the columbia dispatch--this has surrogates from both parties sangled today over who's better equipped to guide the economy over the next four years. >> the president hay has created 4 million new manufacturing jobs. he says he's going to reduce the debt. doesn't say how' goegsing to do it. let's be fair here, governor romney has laid out a vision and a direction for this country. let's hold the president to the same standard as well. >> first of all, we have a deficit plan, it's got health care savings. romney doesn't have a deficit plan. he's got a plan to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires. he's got a 5 trilli$5 trillion. -- another $2 trillion in defense spending. >> just three days into the first presidential debate, meanwhile mitt romney is off to the trail. we have two reports, we begin with nbc's peter alexander, he's with the romney campaign in boston, with a good morning to you, peter. what are you hearing about all the debate preps today. he o'clock n
. thanks for sharing your time with us. mitt romney taking on president obama. back to back interviews and mitt romney getting specific and talk being his plan to lower taxes for everyone. >> steve: president obama admits that some of his ads are not true. >> sometimes what is going on in the campaign and mistakes and areas where there is no doubt that somebody could dispute how we are presenting things. that happens in politics. >> steve: really? that is a surprising admission. why didn't cbs put that on tv last night. >> brian: and a plan full of terrorist and bombs taxis at the gate? "fox and friends" starts right now. ♪ "fox and friends". >> steve: good morning, folks, live from studio e in midtown manhattan. if you are getting ready for work wear a coat. >> gretchen: i am boycotting the fall. i am believing it is warm temperatures and beautiful sunshine. we had a beautiful weekend. but you are right. the chill in the air >> steve: you are like the guy wearing shorts in the winter. >> gretchen: flip flops for me . >> brian: nirst things first. head lines. >> gretchen: obama admi
decision to uphold obama care. on the docket an affirmative action place where a white woman claims she was rejected from the un oo university un of texas because of her race. gay marriage laws and hear challenge to the voting rights act. >>> a fox news alert for you. three nato troops and a translator killed in a homicide bombing in eastern afghanistan along with at least 10 other people. the attacker drove a motorcycle packed with explosives right into the troops that were patrolling a market. the taliban claiming responsibility for this. the attack comes a day after two americans were killed in a shootout between afghan american troops. >>> two people are dead and one person in critical condition after a shooting at a florida vfw post. a motorcycle club several arms men reportedly showed up firing weapons. it looked like a fight between two motorcycle groups. several people were arrested but no one has been charged yet. >>> a cameraman who accompanied iran's president for the u.n. general assembly is seeking asylum. he didn't say when he defected. this comes a week after mahmoud ahma
decided to affirm the constitutionity of obama care. botched fast and furous program linked over 300 shooting in the new mexico. more than dozen teenagers left dead. 1300 guns are still unaccounted for. the failed program was under investigation since border agent briknow terry - briantery was killed. >> former governor said the moment he realized the house keeper. he tarted looking like me. and i kind of got it. it was never discussed. i put the things together here. >> duask mildred in >> no, i didn't. it felt like i should take on the of taking care of him and her. >> gretchen: there is more you haven't heard. tune in to "fox and friends" when arnold swarsnegar joins us live >> steve: over the weekend 2000 americans were killed in afghanistan. the president talks about on the stop his greatest achievement and that is the killing of osama bin laden. here he is in nevada over the weekend. >> al-qaida is on the path of defeat and osama bin laden is dead. sounds like he dropped the gm line. >> gretchen: the greatest accomplishment is the killing of osama bin laden so the president is
they know. they like president obama. they think he's tried hard. he's done a good job. maybe four years isn't enough per bill clinton. what they know is things have not gotten better for them personally. >> that is exactly right. >> that is exactly what wednesday night will be all about. nicely put. tomorrow on "starting point" we take a look at -- who are we talking to? len berman is going to talk to us. carrie ellis is going to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "the princess bride." "cnn newsroom" with carol costello starts right now. >> stories we're watching now in the "newsroom." presidential debapt barn burner, zinger fest, game changer. the heat is on. >>> secret keeper. serial cheater. no remorse, no regret. arnold schwarzenegger opens up about his secret affairs and that illegitimate child. >> i'm going to put this away. >> how can you put it away? you have a child? >> i know. that's just the way i operate. >> now he says he wants maria back. >>> break out the cloth diapers and gigantic safety pins. a diapers shortage is looming. a pampers alert this morning. a pampers al
. >> gearing up, president obama and mitt romney prepare for their first debate. a show down in denver this wednesday. >>> and on the record, are arnold schwarzenegger opens up on "60 minutes" about the affair that produce ad son and ended his marriage. >> it was the stupidest thing i've done in the whole relationship. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, october 1, 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. this morning in afghanistan the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide attack that killed at least 14 people, including three nato service members. a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle rammed into a patrol. americans have a large presence there. nato is trying to sort out a weekend attack in afghanistan that left two americans dead. the casualties push the number of u.s. personnel killed in afghanistan to 2,000. the circumstances of saturday's violence remains unclear but a fire fight broke out at a checkpoint in eastern afghanistan. what nato hasn't determined so far was the gun battle a result of an insider attack or a deadly misunderstandi
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reporting. i'm deborah feyerick at cnn world >>> a mad dash to the end of the race. president barack obama and governor mitt romney get ready for a face-off at this week's first debate. >>> plus a couple of big surprises from arnold schwarzenegger who talks candidly about his childhood and the housekeeper. >>> and an epic fail by the united states. after being up for a significant lead, the guys in the ryder cup lose big, berman. >> it was a disaster. complete meltdown. well, still, good morning. and welcome to october, everyone. this is "early start." i'm john berman in washington this morning. >> and i'm sir riesirita simon. >>> president barack obama and mitt romney square off wednesday night in denver. both trying to lower expectations practically gushing over one another, but new jersey governor chris christie is going against the grain and setting the bar high for the republican nominee. >>er time mitt romney has been confronted in this campaign with one of these moments, he has come through in a debate and performed extraordinarily well laying out his vision very clearly and also co
talk, obama is suddenly superman. candy crowley has an interesting take on all of this. let's watch this together. >> reporter: apparently romney supporter and republican governor chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night is the restart of this campaign and i think you'll see the numbers start to move right back into the other direction. >> reporter: note to governor christie, no, no, no, no. sop for predebate chatter is to lower expectations for your guy by raising expectations for the other guy. like this. >> president obama is a very -- he's a very gifted speaker. the man's been on the national stage for many years. he's an experienced debater. >> reporter: because this is a bipartisanly accepted strategy like this. >> we expect it all along that governor romney will have a good night, he's prepared more than any candidate in history and he's shown himself to be a very, very good debater through the years. >> reporter: since you're supporting romney, the candidate who is running behind, you are supporting him, right? then you also need to lower the stakes for wednesd
killed five policeman. the attacks are as a display of force. >> a new poll shows president obama in the lead now. shows mr. obama with 51% support compared to 44% for mitt romney. the president is now in one of those states right now as he prepares for the first debate. two men will face off in denver on wednesday night. president obama holding a rally in las vegas last night speaking to 11,000 people there. and senator john kerry is playing the poll. and rob port man is acting as romney. >> both are excellent in their own way. you could argue that mitt has had a lot more recent experience. >> the president has a day job. the president has been president and not had the time to practice. all we hear about is how much mitt romney is practicing, practicing, trafficking. >> we'll see how it goes. debate is on wednesday. focus on domestic policy. romney is speaking about foreign matters. he says today that the president has shown weakness. >> the supreme court is set to tackle big cases today. the court will take on issues relating to same sex marriage and privacy issues. 6 of the 9
, the expectations, people expect, president obama, by 2-1 to win the election. not that they're endorsing. if you look at just a year ago, by an 18-point margin, thought the president would lose. just in a matter of one year. >> expect him to win the debate convincingly as well. see what happens. when it comes to the race. it's much closer. when it comes to the race. shows the mitt romney at 49 losing to obama with 47. much closer in that regard. >> so the first one wednesday. then we have two more coming up. biggest one no doubt. >> 36 days to go. >> 36 days to go. my goodness. >> not that we are counting. >>> as the the war in afghanistan winds down, the u.s. military reached a grim new milestone. 2,000 service members have now died in the war. the latest casualty, it was over the weekend when a soldier died in a fire fight with afghan troops. an american civilian contractor was also killed in that battle. >>> all right, new findings this morning in the government's botched gun tracking program, fast and furious, with dozens more firearms linked to crimes in mexico. our new partner univision, r
more years of barack obama, we're not going to have four more years of barack obama. >> the battle for the white house zeros in on ohio. >> both president obama and mitt romney will be in the same state at the same time. >> no republican has won the white house without winning the buckeye state. >> o.h. >> o.h. works every time. >> iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad addresses the united nations today as he and his regime face ever increasing international pressure. >> israel believes you want to destroy them. you said you want to drive them from the face of the earth. >> football fans are fuming over that botched call by replacement refs. the upheld that call. >> yeah. some are calling it the worse call in the nfl history since d to play at the super bowl. >> worst touchdown ever. hail the size of tennis balls. >> the paddle boat race that teams are still talking about. >> how about a car without a driver. governor jerry brown instituted safety regulations for self-driving car. >> it came courtesy. >> is he frugal or cheap? >> cheap. >> wow. >> all that matters. >> seattle seah
this morning, crunch time in the race for the white house. just two days remain before president obama and mitt romney square off in denver for the first of three critical debates. president's being prepped in nevada today. and the gop challenger has some ground to make up because a brand-new "washington post"/abc news poll this morning has the president leading by two percentage points among likely voters. it's not unusual for candidates to try to lower expectations in the days leading up to dedebate. republicans have been playing up the president's eloquence, ever since last week. but it seems somebody forgot to tell new jersey governor chris christie, because he was setting the bar high for mr. romney. listen. >> he's going to come in wednesday night, lay out his vision for america, he's going to contrast what his view is with what the president's record is, the president's view for the future and this whole race is going to be turned upside down come thursday morning. >> upside down is what he says. in just a few minutes we're going to be talking about wednesday night's debate and the presi
night. just two days from today. >> the showdown the first of three between president obama and mitt romney. as abc's david kerley reports, both sides are trying to manage expectations. >> reporter: mitt romney went to church, but this sunday wasn't a day just for prayers it's preparation. cramming by the candidates for their big debate. and republican chris christie made a bold prediction on abc's this week. >> every time mitt romney has been confronted in this campaign with one of these moments heap has come through in the debate and performed extraordinarily well. i have absolute confidence when we get to thursday morning, george, you are going to be shaking your race, it's a brand new race. >> reporter: christie is way off the romney campaign script. they're trying to lowe er eer expectations. >> president obama is a very gifted speaker. the man has been on the national stage many years. this is milt's first time on this stage. >> reporter: paul ryan, vice presidential nominee preparing for his own debate avoided giving details of the romney tax plan even when he was pressed. >>
obama way ahead in the expectations game. >> in our abc news/"washington post" poll, 63% of registered voters, a 2-1 margin, expect president obama to win the upcoming debate and the election. that's his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. >> but when it comes to the race itself and support for each candidate, a lot closer with the president leading 49% to 47%. we get more of wednesday's debate in denver from abc's karen travers. >> reporter: president obama arrived in nevada for three days of what campaign aide are calling debate camp. but he took a break to rally supporters in that critical battleground state. >> i believe in you. and i ask you to keep on believing in me. >> reporter: both the president and mitt romney will hunker down over the next few days as they huddle with senior advisers to prepare for wednesday's high-stakes showdown in denver. in recent days aides to both campaigns have been bending over backwards to compliment their opponent and downplay expectations for their side. new jersey governor chris christie set a high bar for romney. >> this is the f
, president obama gearing up for their first president debate on wednesday. >> i don't think one event is going make-or-break this campaign. >> thursday morning you'll be scratching your head and say wow we have a barn burner now in this race. >> maria asked you why didn't you tell me and what did you say? >> that i did not know how to. the things that really meant the most to me really fell apart because of my doing. i look back and say how you could have done that. >> in japan the powerful typhoon captured on tape. >> lindsay lohan recovering from a scuffle with a man over photos he took of her on his cell phone. >>> he wasn't injured. the skateboarder is still eating >> all that -- >> no, no, no! >> he just pile drives donald jones. >> and all that matters. >> the europeans staged and epic come back to win the ryder cup. >> on cbs "this morning." >> the idea that you play a fictional character on tv who has now real influence. are you surprised by that? >> oprah could you say the word genius again? >>> welcome to cbs "this morning." another deadly attack in afghanistan. the taliban
romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> governor romney, president obama gearing up for their first presidential debate on wednesday. >> i don't think one of them is going to make or break this campaign. >> thursday morning we're all going to be scratching our heads and saying, wow, we have a barn burner now for the next 33 days. >> maria asked you, why didn't you tell me? what did you say? >> that i did not know how to. >> the thing that really meant the most to me kind of fell apart because of my doing. i will always look back and say, how could you have done that? >> in japan, the powerful and destructive typhoon capture on tape by an american marine. >> holy [ bleep ]. >> lindsay lohan reportedly recovering from a scuffle with a man over photos he took of her on his cell phone. >> we're told the deer wasn't injured and the skateboarder is probably still eating some dust. >> no, no! down! >> he just pile drives donald jones. >> touchdown! does his dance. >> and all that matters. >> the european staged an epic comeback to win the ryder cup. >> on "cbs this morning.
pressure on the obama administration to take a tougher tone weeks ahead of the u.n. general election. >> israel's rhetorical red line. >> a red line should be drawn right here. >> became a literal one as prime minister benjamin netanyahu took to the u.n. general assembly with a red marker and a chart that says is iran's progress toward a nuclear weapon. >> red lines prevent war and faced with a clear red line, iran will back down. >> the prime minister's speech put in stark relief the differences between how the u.s. and israel views the threat of a nuclear iran. >> a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: while president obama says he will not allow iran to gain nuclear weapons, he hasn't publicly declared a point of no return, that boundary may action.the u.s. to take military israel cannot destroy iran's nuclear installations without u.s. military support. secretary of state hillary clinton met one-on-one with netanyahu, telling him to give diplomacy and financial pressure a chance to slow down iran's nuclear progress. >> america wants to resolve
. he's due in court. >>> 7:05. new polls indicate president obama may already have the electoral votes to win a second term. 270 electoral votes are required to win the -- to win the presidency. an "associated press" poll says if the election were held today, president obama would win 271 votes. mott, 206 i lek troll votes. but more campaigning is to be had along with the presidential debate -- debates. >>> coming up at 7:15, what analysts are saying about the possibility of a major ruling on gay marriage with the supreme court. >>> okay. sal, how are would doing out there? >> we're doing okay. we've had a couple of things even though the crashes have not been all that significant. let's take a look at the bay bridge. the traffic looks good. still covering that accident in san francisco at the fremont street exit. it is mostly affecting the traffic but not the bridge traffic. we've a couple of minor accidents. the most major 580 and traffic is backed up big time getting into livermore. if you are driving in livermore, 280, there was an earlier crash there. san mateo and come bar ton br
weapon. >> president obama is likely to discuss that speech with netanyahu today. the white house says the two leaders will speak on the phone. netanyahu met with secretary of state hillary clinton thursday after his speech. >> margaret brennan watched the speech. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, charlie. the israeli prime minister made a public appeal to the u.n. to set a firm ultimatum on iran to stop the nuclear development. he put pressure on the obama administration to take a tougher tone weeks ahead of the u.s. presidential election. >> reporter: israel's rhetorical red line. >> a red line should be drawn right here. >> reporter: became a literal one as prime minister benjamin netanyahu took to the u.n. general assembly with a red marker and a chart of what he says is iran's progress towards developing nuclear weapons. >> red lines don't lead to war. red lines prevent war, and i believe that faced with a clear red line, iran will back down. >> reporter: the prime minister's speech put in stark relief the differences between how the u.s. and israel view the threat o
shows president obama with a razor-thin lead. >>> and this morning, arnold schwarzenegger is here making his own predictions. >>> moment of impact. 38 cameras capturing every angle as a boeing 727 crashes in the desert. inside the unprecedented discovery test that could make all of us safer. >>> and taylor swift speaks out for the first time with her high-profile relationship with the kennedys. opening up to "glamour" and abc news. >> there is a lot of talk about you and the kennedys these days. >> there is? >> there is. do tell. ♪ >>> and good morning, everyone. we hope you had a great weekend. we got news from robin over the weekend. she's recovering from her bone marrow transplant. she's tweeting out this morning and she's got a special request for those at home. we'll get to that. >> robin is doing really, really well. we will hear from her. >>> also ahead in this half hour, arnold schwarzenegger is here for his first live interview since his bombshell new autobiography is out today. about the moment he confessed to maria shriver about his affair with the housekeeper. >>> and more
a gun fight with afghan soldiers. >>> president obama appears to be winning over voters in states that could decide this election. he leads mitt romney by two percentage points among likely voters nationwide. according to the latest "washington post"/abc news poll. the president leads his republican rival by 11 points among likely voters in swing states. that includes virginia, ohio, and florida. both candidates will spend the next couple of days preparing for their first debate. it takes place wednesday night in november. the president is getting ready in nevada. romney is already in denver. >>> and vp candidate paul ryan will prepare for his debate in virginia as well. the republican congressman will hold a three-day camp starting on wednesday. it is still unknown where he'll be exactly in the state for his debate prep. as for vice president joe biden, he's using maryland representative chris van holland to stand in as ryan. the vp debate is set for october 11th in kentucky. >>> today the supreme court's new session begins. the nine justices will rule on several key cases, inclu
obama speaks to the u.n., mitt romney wants to know why the president is not speaking to other world leaders. >>> speaking of world leaders, we talk with the rulers of egypt and iran, and also with president bill clinton. >>> and a controversial last-second call has nfl fans and players outraged. so did last night's game seal the fate of those replacement reves? >>> but we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener. your wor in 90 seconds. >>> more than 120 world leaders are in town, but the president is not scheduled to meet with any of them. >> president obama to address the united nations amid growing controversy. >> he hasn't set a meeting with benjamin netanyahu of israel. >> he did have time to tape an appearance on "the view." >> well, first things first here. we do have an election ahead. >> this is not a campaign speech. >> do you think that this election has the possibility of producing a change that will overcome gridlock? >> i think it almost certainly will. and let me explain why. i think the president's going to win. >> the call on the field stands. touchdown.
obama awith a razor thin lead. >>> and arnold schwarzenegger is here. >>> moment of impact. caught on tape. the most dramatic footage ever recorded. 38 cameras captures every angle. a boeing 727 crashes in the desert. inside the discovery test that could make all of us safer. >> they're still running. look that. >>> and taylor swift speaks out for the first time about her high-profile relationship with the kennedys. opening up about her success and her brand-new camelot romance. >> there's a lot of talk about you and the kennedys these days. >> is there? do tell. >>> and good morning, everyone. we hope you had great weekend. we got news from robin over the weekend. >> we did. >> she's been tweeting this morning. a special request for everyone at home. >>> it's great to be able to say that robin is doing very, very well. we'll hear more from her. it's monday morning. >>> also ahead, arnold schwarzenegger is here for the first live interview since his book is out. he's opening up now about the moment he confessed to his wife, maria shriver about having an affair with the family house
." david, in 2008 candidate obama talked about this war as the war we must win. this time around he notedly talks about winding down the war. mitt romney didn't even mention it in his convention speech. why does this not seem to be a major interest in a campaign? >> the stakes are so high, lester, as you know being on the ground there. i think there's a couple of reasons. from the republican point of view, they want distance from the bush presidency, particularly the bush foreign policy of engagement in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petraeus used, was iraq g
of "meet the press." david in 2008 candidate obama talked about this war as the war we must win. this time around he notedly talks about winding down the war. mitt romney didn't even mention it in his convention speech. why does this not seem to be a major interest in a campaign? >> the stakes are so high, lester, as you know being on the ground there. i think there's a couple of reasons. from the republican point of view, they want distance from the bush presidency, particularly the bush foreign policy of engagement in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general pe
away from the first presidential debate. president obama will head from washington to nevada. he has a campaign stop at a las vegas high school. he is going to stay in nevada before traveling to denver on wednesday. republican challenger mitt romney is spending the weekend cramming for the debate. political analysts say he needs a strong showing with recent polls showing him losing ground to the president in battleground states. >>> the university of denver is preparing to host that debate. it is going to focus on domestic policy and it will be mod rated by jim lehrer. two more presidential debates will be held on the 16th and 22. you can of course watch those debates live here on ktvu channel 2. coverage begins at 6:00. >>> while the election is on tuesday, november 6, some voters have already cast their ballots. 32 states and the district of columbia offer some form of early voting. iowa began last week. ohio starts tuesday. volunteers from the obama and romney camps are canvassing neighborhoods looking for early votes and it's an important strategy because it allows those parties
of nevada, president obama rallied supporters in las vegas sunday night. >> i believe in you. and i ask you to keep on believing in me. i'm asking for your vote. i'm asking you to stand with me. >> reporter: the president is gripping on to a small lead in the swing states, including iowa, where a new poll shows mitt romney trailing by four points. analysts say romney needs to change the trajectory of the race. but his running mate, paul ryan insists, he's not concerned, even while acknowledging campaign mistakes. >> we've had some miss steps, but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear and we're giving people a clear choice. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: for days, both sides have been tamping down debate expectations. >> we expected all along that governor romney will have a good night. he's prepared more than any candidate in history. and he's shown himself to be a very, very good debater through the years. >> sometimes we expect a major break through. you know, the comment that doesn't happen very often. >> reporter: new jersey governor chr
. >>> romney and obama trying to l lower expectations ahead of the first presidential debate. >> he's a debater. i'm just okay. >> but romney backer chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night the first night of this campaign. >> will this be a game-changer in the election? >>> and "i'm not perfect." arnold schwarzenegger about his failed marriage, his affairs and the child he fathered with his house keeper. >> i inflicted pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> he prepares to release his tell-all memoir today, monday, october 1st, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. >>> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in eastern afghanistan overnight. >> they were targeting a military patrol in a crowded market. as we said, at least 14 people were killed, 3 americans among the dead. dozens were wounded. this comes one day after the u.s.
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